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Birmingham Final

Birmingham, Alabama is the largest city in Alabama. It has hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. Thanks to recent revitalization efforts, it is a great place to visit with the whole family. There are plenty of FREE cultural, educational, and historical things to see and do.

Here are the top 25 FREE things to do in Birmingham, Alabama.

Top 25 FREE Things to Do In Birmingham

1. Civil Rights District
You can walk around the district to the sites where headlines were made. There are signs and monuments explaining what took place at the different locations. Be sure to visit Kelly Ingram Park. There are statues depicting scenes from the civil rights struggles.


2. Birmingham Museum of Art
That’s right, the Birmingham Museum Of Art has FREE admission and FREE parking! It is complete with 25,000 drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and decorative pieces from all over the world. There is even a hands-on area for kids.

3. Railroad Park
Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in the city. The park has an outdoor gym, playgrounds, ponds, a wetlands area, walking track, and more. If you visit during the summer, be sure to check out the Symphony in the Summer free concert series. The park also has exercise classes and free family-friendly performances.

4. Eternal World Television Network Tours
The Eternal World Television Network has FREE tours during the week. It is called the world’s largest religious media operation and you can see the studios and control rooms. The network provides shows to more than 150 million TV households worldwide.


5. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Don’t forget to bring your camera when you visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens! The gardens are Alabama’s largest living museum. There are more than 12,000 plants, 30+ sculptures, two rose gardens, and so much more! This is Alabama’s most visited FREE Attraction and is open daily.

6. Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnaces is a National Historical Monument. The Sloss Furnaces were used for iron production and now has two 400-ton blast furnaces and some forty other buildings. Ithas free public guided tours on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm, 2pm ,and 3 pm. The tours last 60 minutes and you do need to call ahead to ensure availability. There are also free self-guided tours throughout the week.

7. Heaviest Corner Of The World
The Heaviest Corner Of The World is the name given to the corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North. The corner was given this name when the four tallest buildings in the South were built there simultaneously.

8. Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
The Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is just a few minutes from downtown with trails, geocaching, overlooks and more! Be sure to print the trail map to plan your visit. There is a suggested donation of $2.

9. Mountain Brook
Mountain Brook is one of America’s most wealthy communities. The hilly area has large wooden estates in pristine condition. There are shopping and entertainment villages that offer upscale shopping and dining. To keep it free, you’ll just walk to walk around or drive though this beautiful area.

10. Gardendale Splash Pad
The Gardendale Splash Pad is a great place to take the kids during the summer! There is a colorful array of water guns, fountains, sprinklers, and tipping buckets.


11. Statue of Liberty
That’s right,  you can visit the Statue of Liberty in Alabama! This replica is one fifth the size of the real Statue of Liberty and is located in Liberty Park. The flame is lit by natural gas and has only gone out twice.

12. Golden Flake Factory Tour
Take a FREE Golden Flake Factory Tour to see how Golden Flake Chips are made. You’ll get to see all of the steps from potato to snack.

13. Aldridge Gardens
Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre garden with hydrangeas, gallery, lake, and walking trail. There is as summer concert series, classes and seminars, bird walks, fishing days, and more!

14. The Heart Of Dixie Railroad Museum
Every Saturday at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, you can see all of the collections of railway equipment and home of the Polar Express. Entrance to the museum is free, but there is a charge for Train Rides.


15. Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington
The Museum of George Washington has artifacts and art from the Colonial Period to 1865. Some fun items included are Martha Washington’s Prayer Book, an original 1787 Samuel Vaughn sketch of Mt. Vernon grounds, and writing instruments and tools from George Washington’ s survey case.

16. Moss Rock Preserve
Moss Rock Preserve has great waling trails among a unique ecosystem called sandstone glade with rare plants, waterfalls, wildlife and more.  It is located in Hoover, AL just outside of Birmingham.

17. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is a 700 acre preserve. There are three endangered species of fish, hiking, two swimming areas including a natural rock waterslide that ends in a short waterfall.

18. What’s On Second
Head into What’s on Second, an antique shop, to see all of the cool knickknacks they have. They are known for having fun and weird items!

19. Red Mountain Park
Red Mountain Park is a great park with trails and awesome views, especially good for watching the sunset.


20. Float Down The Cahaba River
Bring your own float and float down the Cahaba River! There are also rope swings or you can canoe, kayak, and swim!

21. Pepper Place Market
Pepper Place Market is Birmingham’s largest Farmer’s Market. It is held on Saturday with food, clothes, pottery, and more!

22. Jemison Trail
Walk Jemison Trail and check out the Historic Old Mill. It is 3 miles long and is good for all skill levels.

23. Tour Churches
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is one of the most famous Catholic Churches in the South. You can also head to the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

color tunnel

24. Color Tunnel
This awesome Color Tunnel is located on 14th street under the railroad tracks. It is a huge network of LEDs installed in the tunnel.

25. Birmingham Library
This library is more than just books! There are over a million archives from the Civil Rights History, free wi-fi, free children’s activities, free cooking classes, and more!

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    • VP22

      I think I sometimes take some of these things for granted (i.e. 5 Points Fountain, Railroad Park, Color Tunnel, Pepper Place) because I see them almost everyday. It always looks so much more interesting when posted elsewhere;-}

    • Kathy

      Thanks Jenny, we’ll be going this summer while my husband is their for business. We also go to the Birmingham Zoo for free because they have reciprocal admission with Riverbanks Zoo members.

    • Anon

      Guys, the ninth best thing to do in Birmingham is go look at rich people. When that makes the top ten I’m pretty sure it’s a sign that we’re not ready to be trusted with tourists…

      • Savannah

        I did have to read that one twice. Wait…what did that say?

      • Elizabeth

        I was recently reading “Looking for Alaska” by John Green. In the book he mentions the bratty, entitled, intolerable children of Mountain Brook multiple times. I knew before I looked up his bio that he must have lived here. Mountain Brook has it’s own special kind of tourist worthy terrible.

    • Kristen Monique Davison

      I live in Walker Co. But used to live in the Ham and I didn’t know about the lights. I may have to by there one night.

      • Trainmanswife

        The lights are kind of new. They’re neat.

        • Regina Moss Brehm-Bearden

          It only keeps the hundreds of homeless people in Bham from using it to get out of the elements. The colors are pretty tho.

    • Candise

      I’d be highly upset if I was part of the #9 crowd and the invitation given. That’s a bit much.

    • Elizabeth Seven Harding

      I have lived in Birmingham for most of my life and I can tell you that #9, although pretty, must be done by car. There is little in the way of sidewalks in Crestline (the section of mountain brook that they are talking about here). Also, Why is Vulcan not on this list?! Further more, why is our pint sized statue of Liberty on this list? This was not written by someone who has ever lived here.

      • Ashley

        There is a small fee for the Vulcan museum.

        • Trainmanswife

          Be aware that if there is a wedding or private function going on, you can’t get into the museum. That happened to me and a friend a few weeks ago. They never told us we couldn’t go in.

      • Louise

        Vulcan isn’t free

      • Gale Abernathy

        I thought they were referring to Mountain Brook Village!

    • carolc1118

      I hope you will print a revised list with Vulcan included. I’m sure it was an oversight. Also include the view of the Birmingham lights at night from anywhere atop Red Mountain.

    • carolc1118

      I love driving through Mountain Brook and looking at all the beautiful houses and the trees.

    • As great as it would be to add Vulcan to the list – there is an admission fee to get into the park. Therefore putting it on a list of free things to do in Birmingham wouldn’t make sense. :)

      • Wren

        I think you mean there is not an admission fee to get into the park. Only if you want to go up into vulcan or the museum do you have to pay.

    • 1234

      I hope most people realize that lists like this are only made so people will link to them in their Facebook and bring traffic to this site. “(insert number) things to do in (insert city), that you didn’t know about” or whatever. Someone probably spent 10 minutes googling “things to do in Birmingham” and threw a list together.

    • Regina Moss Brehm-Bearden

      #4 isn’t in Birmingham, it is in the City of Irondale. Birmingham would like to claim Irondale, but Irondale is glad to be it’s own city. EWTN is a nice place to visit.

    • Bobby Joe Seales

      I hope you will print a revised list with the Shelby County Museum & Archives included. I’m sure it was an oversight. A wonderful collection of our county’s rich history can be found inside this most significant and perhaps the most historic building in Shelby County Alabama. Free Admission!

    • Mary Andersen

      At the Winfrey Hotel there is
      “Positively funny improv” at positivelyfunnyinc.com
      A Fantastic Evening Spent with these Crazy Guys! We Laughed our Butts off!!!! They take you through their “crazy spot on comedy” and No two shows are the same! If you want Fun If you need to Laugh this is the place!

    • Tamara

      I have a comment regarding Gardendale’s Splash Pad.

      The City of Gardendale has implemented a new rule re: usage that is not currently published. According to the City of Gardendale’s Parks & Recreation website, only groups of 10 or more are required to apply for a permit. However, you arrive in a group vehicle (church, daycare, sports league) that is not from Gardendale, you will not be permitted to use the facilities even though your “group” is less than 10 people and you will be asked to leave the park.

      On June 2, 2015, a group of 7 children and 1 adult were asked to leave the park because they arrived in a church van and the church was not located in Gardendale.

      • elmoreoocyte


        • David Eaton

          Why good?

          • elmoreoocyte

            They’re skirting the group permit rule when they are evidenced by them traveling as a group in a marked van. They’re from out of city limits, meaning they most likely aren’t paying taxes to the City of Gardendale which go to support the Splash Pad.

    • Amy
    • Kaitlynn Thorne

      I just went floating last Sunday at The Cahaba River and it is free if you bring you’re own float but that isn’t advised. They have industrial strength you can rent but they’re $10 a person. So really that isn’t exactly something that’s free but it is fun!

    • Bob

      American Village Is not free. $10 for adults and $9 for children unless they are under 4.

    • Vesta Bidwell

      Railroad park is questionable, Gardendale splash pad is usually crowded with daycares, the civil rights district and the color tunnel could be over rated. Ruffner, Art museum, Moss Rock and the Botanical Gardens are worth the visit. Pepper Place is cool, but expensive and for libraries, although not in B’ham, Hoover Library is the best.

    • linana514

      The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is in Calera, not Birmingham. It’s 45 minutes to an hour away, depending on traffic. Also, #9 is pretty desperate, IMHO. There are much better things to do in Birmingham that are not free, but fairly cheap. We have the McWane Center (amazing science museum), the Birmingham Zoo, the Alabama Theater, wonderful restaurants, parks, and shops.

      • Susan Newsome Davis

        Zoo is NOT free

    • Belle

      Last time I was in the Birmingham library it was very gross. It smelled like some people had peed in the library it self.

      • Mary McKiernan

        Please remove your post it reflects badly and is inaccurate.
        Contact Library if you feel there is a problem

      • R. Ponder

        Disagreed. I was there last month and liked the vast collection of books and media. It was clean and cool. No bad smell at all.